White Stripes: Music games are “depressing,” “sad”

Tuesday, 23rd June 2009 07:56 GMT By Patrick Garratt


White Stripes’ Jack White has told NME that bands being forced to use music games to get in front of “kids” is all a bit crushing.

“It’s depressing to have a label come and tell you that ['Guitar Hero'] is how kids are learning about music and experiencing music,” said the musician.

He added that he doesn’t care “which format people should get their music in… if you have to be in a video game to get in front of them, that’s a little sad.”

Hey, Jack. Your music’s all over Guitar Hero. Just saying.

Thanks, IGN.



  1. mart

    Heh that’s great; offer a complaint without offering a solution. Fact is, a lot of artists make a lot of their money from Guitar Hero et al, so a viable business model is sure to attract label attention. I’m sure they’d be all ears if you had an idea for a better exposure model, Jack..

    #1 6 years ago
  2. anasui

    sad indeed, but I’dn’t want my kids to learn music from the White Stripes, either

    #2 6 years ago
  3. cachucha

    they arent in any guitar hero or rock band game atm

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    We’re talking about KIDS here (generally 10 and under?). What does he expect, them surfing Pitchfork and reading Rolling Stone for the latest up and coming indy artists? Guitar Hero’s better for kids exposure to music than some Radio Disney…

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    cachucha – Jack White’s side project The Raconteurs was featured in GH: World Tour, and Blue Orchid (White Stripes) will be in GH5.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Cort

    Wouldn’t mind hearing this sort of thing so much if he wasn’t such an affected, pretentious, contrived cock.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Stephany Nunneley

    Well don’t forget Jimmy Page, Cort, saying young people will not learn anything substantial from these games.

    “You think of the drum part that John Bonahm did on Led Zeppelin’s first track on the first album, ‘Good Times Bad Times’,” he said. “How many drummers in the world can play that part, let alone on Christmas morning.”

    While I tend to agree with him, I am surprised he hasn’t allowed any Zeppelin to help pad his Aleister Crowley fund. You know, since he loves anything the man touched, saw, owned or farted on. ;-)

    #7 6 years ago

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